Red Sox going after Giancarlo Stanton?

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A report popped up Friday night that the Red Sox have had preliminary talks with the Miami Marlins about a potential trade for slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Red Sox owner John Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed as much last week. Reports indicate that the Marlins will have more in-depth trade talks at the meetings in Orlando.

Major League Baseball's general managers' meetings are less than two days away, with the hot stove set to ignite November 13-16 in the Sunshine State, Orlando, Florida.

Heyman also cited the Phillies may be a "tough sell" to get Stanton to waive his full no-trade clause to join them, given they are likely in for "at least another year of rebuilding". Stanton can opt out after the 2020 season. Other teams could be in the mix as well, or enter the fray later. The Red Sox hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season and are looking to upgrade their lineup offensively. In eight seasons, he has already hit 267 home runs.

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The Red Sox, meanwhile, are prepared to increase payroll, even to the point of exceeding the luxury tax threshold. Top among them in the free agent market are J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana.

There's also the matter of what young players the Red Sox would part with to make a deal and beat out the other suitors. The payroll is expected to be reduced by about one-third this offseason under the new ownership.

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